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Edward James Hyland Set for Wendy Beckett’s A BETTER PLACE at The Duke on 42nd Street, May 4-June 12

Edward James Hyland

Edward James Hyland

The Directors Company, in association with Pascal Productions, is presenting the world premiere limited engagement of A Better Place, a new work by playwright Wendy Beckett (Anaïs Nin: One Of Her Lives, A Charity Case) and directed by Evan Bergman (Jericho).

The cast of A Better Place will feature Jessica DiGiovanni (Sleepwalkers, Melissa’s Choice at Theater Row), John FitzGibbon (Murder in the First, four episodes of the original “Hawaii Five-O”), Drama Desk Award nominee Judith Hawking (Soldier’s Wife, Ivanov), Edward James Hyland (Bridge of Spies, Machinal, Juno and the Paycock), Rob Maitner (Fairy Tales, the world premiere production of Urinetown, “Sondheim Unplugged” at 54 Below), and Michael Satow (Final Analysis, Under Jakob’s Ladder).

A Better Place begins performances Wednesday, May 4 and opens Sunday, May 15, running six weeks only through Sunday, June 12, at The Duke on 42nd Street, a NEW 42ND STREET project (229 West 42nd Street, between 7th and 8th Avenues).

A Better Place is a hilarious new play about Manhattanites’ lust for real estate. A male couple is transfixed by their neighbors; they can’t tear themselves away from the window. The lifestyle over there is sumptuous, and they have a quirky daughter whose tastes run to exhibitionism. Speculation begins…where did they get all that wealth? And what about the kooky brokers who regularly visit them? Who are these funny people in the glorious glass box? We all want what they have! Could it be they have attained- A Better Place?

The creative team includes David Arsenault (scenic design), Russell H. Champa (lighting design), Valerie Marcus Ramshur (costume design), and Sam Kunetz (sound design).

A Better Place marks Wendy Beckett’s sixth of ten plays written for production in New York City over a ten-year period. The play also reunites Beckett with director Evan Bergman (Love Therapy) and scenic designer David Arsenault (A Charity Case).

Tickets  are $55 and can be purchased through, by calling 646-223-3010, and in person at the Duke on 42nd Street box office (229 West 42nd Street, between 7th and 8th Avenues). Regular box office hours at The Duke on 42nd Street are Tuesday-Friday 4pm-7pm and Saturday 12pm-6pm. On performance days, the box office remains open until showtime. For Sunday performances, the box office opens two hours prior to showtime.

A Better Place will play Tuesdays-Thursdays at 7PM and Fridays and Saturdays at 8PM, with matinees on Saturdays at 2PM and Sundays at 3PM.

EDWARD JAMES HYLAND has appeared on Broadway in Machinal, Arcadia, The Man Who Had All the Luck, Festen, The Price, Ah! Wilderness. His Off-Broadway credits include Under My Skin, Big Doolie, Juno and the Paycock. Regional: Hartford Stage – Hamlet (2014-2015 Connecticut Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play); Invisible Man at both the Huntington Theatre and Studio Theatre in Washington, D.C. (Helen Hayes Award – Best Ensemble); Papermill Playhouse – White Christmas and To Kill a Mockingbird; Ford’s Theatre – The Heavens are Hung in Black; Arena Stage – Passion Play, Theophilus North; Shakespeare Theatre of Washington, D.C. – Macbeth; Pittsburgh Public: Othello, Electra, Harry’s Friendly Service, Oedipus the King, The Tempest, Mary Stuart, Much Ado About Nothing. Also Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, Huntington Theatre, Denver Center Theatre Company, Missouri Rep, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Hartford Stage, Alabama Shakespeare Festival, among others. Film/TV: Stephen Spielberg’s Bridge of Spies, True Story, The Happening, The Caller, Asylum Seekers, The Next Big Thing, Cradle Will Rock, “The Leftovers,” “Political Animals,” “Boardwalk Empire,” “Law & Order” franchises, “Gossip Girl,” “Guiding Light”, “One Life To Live” among others.

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Lia Chang. Photo by Garth Kravits

Lia Chang. Photo by Garth Kravits

Lia Chang is an award-winning filmmaker, a Best Actress nominee, a photographer, and an award-winning multi-platform journalist. Lia has appeared in the films Wolf, New Jack City, A Kiss Before Dying, King of New York, Big Trouble in Little China, The Last Dragon, Taxman and Hide and Seek, which will screen at the Disorient Film Festival in Eugene Oregon in April. She is profiled in Examiner.comJade Magazine and

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